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Yorkshire Terrier honoured after saving owner's life

Wednesday, 18th July 2012

A Yorkshire Terrier has been honoured after saving his owner's life when she fell in her home in Wrexham.

Nine-year-old Louie pressed a panic button to alert the care services after Judith Shaw slipped after getting out of the shower.

Ms Shaw suffers from glaucoma and arthritis and had passed out from the fall. She said: "[I] remember a voice, asking if I was alright.

"It was coming from the machine which provides a hotline to the care services. Obviously the panic button had been pressed. Louie must have done it.

"Bit by bit I had trained him to use the button, even though he’s not an assistance dog, just a much loved pet."

Louie has now been awarded a framed PDSA Commendation for his actions. Ms Shaw added that she is very proud of her dog and said his actions prove that dogs help people in many ways.

The PDSA has been recognising military animals for their bravery for over 60 years. An equivalent award was introduced for civilian pets in 2001.